Dr. Neal Chesnut is an Associate Professor of physics. He received his PhD in 2001 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After graduation, Dr. Chesnut accepted a postdoctoral research appointment at Los Alamos National Laboratory followed by a position as a Staff Scientist. His research is in the area of experimental condensed matter physics. His primary focus is the study of elements and alloys under high pressure-temperature conditions. The purpose of the research is to enhance our understanding of the structural and electronic properties of materials. Dr. Chesnut's responsibilities at the University of West Georgia includes teaching introductory and advanced physics courses, along with performing cutting edge research at the university and in collaboration with other universities and national laboratories. Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in active research projects with Dr. Chesnut and to explore new projects of interest.